Or wherever in your house :) if there's no designated room. I'm somewhere between 36 & 37 weeks and finally able to focus on getting the room designed. I'd love inspiration and I bet we have a bunch of beautiful rooms set up.
Birth room? I won't post a pic because I live with 5 short people who act like we live in a frat house- but I intend to set up my birth pool in my living room (not the tiny cold kitchen) in front or near my fireplace (which is actually a gas one). I hope it will be lovely- but in reality I will just be nervous that a lego will somehow have been missed in the excited pickup of toys and will puncture the pool lol. I guess I don't care about the lovely part- mostly about the temp being ok. Our house is over 100 years old and is quite well "ventilated" especially on a blustery winter day. I had baby #4 in the living room on the floor (winter- no heat upstairs) and baby #5 in our bedroom (upstairs but in the summer and it was the only room with A/C and the rest of our house was about an inferno). So I definitely go where it is a comfy temp :)
Lily- you crack me up! Your husband sounds a lot like mine. Those innovative farmers :) Gotta love them. I realized that our hose is not going to reach to where I want. So... You all don't know the layout of my house obviously but that just won't work. We have an ancient farm house that has no heat upstairs. There is a tiny cold kitchen then you go in to the dining area which is where you go up the stairs- well that area is about the most drafty place in the whole house because all the cold air rushes down (the poor person who gets that spot at the table has to wear an extra layer lol). Then you keep going in the same awkward shaped room to the fireplace which is nice and toasty unless you sit on the couch under the grate to the kids rooms because there is yet again another downpour of cold air. I can not have a baby where there is a super huge draft. So I need to send DH for another hose I guess but he has been the one who was supposed to have this figured out and will be the one carrying stock pots of water should he not have that done in time :) Which he will also have to bucket the water out- so maybe filling it will be a nice warm up?
My birthing room will actually be my teenage daughter's living room/art studio. Our downstairs level has her room, the baby room that the baby probably won't sleep in for a few years due to co-sleeping, a bathroom, and this additional space that we have created as a hang out and art space for DD. It has bright teal walls and lots of posters on the walls, a Wii projector hanging from the ceiling so we can project games on the one empty wall, an easel and a boatload of art and drafting supplies, a small Ikea couch and her art table is currently filled with the contents of my birth kit. We also strung Christmas lights along the ceiling to create dim lighting, should I want it for the birth. After the baby is born I plan to move over to a twin bed in the baby's room to deliver the placenta and nurse, etc.
If I can get some decent photos with my crappy phone camera in the next few days I will post them! It is definitely a cute space for a 14 y.o. girl, but nothing about it makes it a special birthing room!
OrchideZ, thanks for posting a pic and fulfilling my craving!!! It's like a house tour of our due date club!
Lily, I'm stuck on scents too - I think it'll be really "essential" (ha ha) to my birth this time, but when I ordered the scent everyone on Earth seems to like (Serenity Blend by doTerra), I hated it. Apparently I'm the one person who doesn't like lavender. I need some clues...not looking for citrus or mint, I want something more vanilla-y or musk-y, or...something.
I was browsing essential oils a while back and couldn't find anything I liked, although I do like lavender in general. But your post made me think of some of my favorite incenses, which are from Shoyeido - and these in particular: http://www.shoyeido.com/category/jewel-series. You can find them in the store pretty easily, usually, but maybe you could come up with your own EO blend as well based on some of their blends. They are usually sandalwood/patchouli based.